In­dian travel to Is­rael on the rise fol­low­ing Modi’s his­toric visit

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(JNS.org) Travel be­tween In­dia and Is­rael is on the rise in the af­ter­math of In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s his­toric visit to the Jewish state in July, ac­cord­ing to the Is­raeli Tourism Min­istry.

Modi was the first sit­ting In­dian prime min­is­ter to visit Is­rael.

“We want to lever­age the re­newed in­ter­est sparked by the In­dian prime min­is­ter’s visit to in­crease des­ti­na­tion aware­ness among In­dian trav­el­ers,” Is­raeli Tourism Min­istry Di­rec­tor Has­san Madah told re­porters in In­dia this week.

Madah and a Tourism Min­istry del­e­ga­tion are tak­ing part in a six-city road­show in In­dia, which be­gan in Mum­bai Aug. 21 and ended in Chen­nai.

Some 34,000 In­di­ans vis­ited the Jewish state dur­ing the past seven months—a 36-per­cent in­crease com­pared to the same pe­riod in 2016. The Is­raeli Tourism Min­istry an­tic­i­pates that around 55,000 In­dian tourists will visit Is­rael this year.

In June, the Is­raeli gov­ern­ment ap­proved a num­ber of mea­sures that deepen ties with In­dia in the fields of wa­ter, agri­cul­ture, in­no­va­tion, tourism and de­fense.

Ac­cord­ing to Madah, the Tourism Min­istry is in dis­cus­sions with In­dian travel com­pa­nies to co­or­di­nate “de­fense” tourism to Is­rael.

“There are many tourists… who are in­ter­ested to learn how peo­ple de­fend them­selves and things about war­fare…be­cause the rep­u­ta­tion of Is­raeli se­cu­rity is very high,” said Madah.

In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi (left) and Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu in Jerusalem in July. Travel be­tween In­dia and Is­rael is on the rise in the af­ter­math of Modi’s his­toric visit to the Jewish state. Credit: Haim Zach/GPO.

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